ZCash is a fantastic crypto and well worth trying out. It's privacy features on top of everything else, and reasonably fast confirmation times makes it worthwhile.
If you've ever wanted to become a miner, start with ZCash and an ASIC (forget GPU rigs). Get a decent second hand one. Even with fairly outrageous electricity prices, you'll likely be profitable and the machine will pay itself off within a year, and the ASIC will still be good for ZCash (on the promise of ZCash developers not to change the mining algorithm, or give plenty of notice if they ever do). If you want, rent the ASIC out to others and get paid directly in Bitcoins every day at Nicehash.
I started with ZCash before Bitcoin mining since electricity prices didn't make it viable at all. The ZCash ASICs are power friendly at the moment, and for example check the profitability of a reasonably priced Innosilicon A9 ZMaster (like the one in my picture). Change your currency at asicminervalue.com and put in your electricity cost, and check nicehash.com/profitability-calculator. Don't pay any more than USD$1500 for an A9, the A9+ is out (but too expensive, forget it) and the A9++ is coming soon, but isn't well priced in comparison to the Bitmain Antminer Z11 machines. Unfortunately they are all sold out right now, so you will have to jump on the new batches if they come, see for example miningcave.com.
So even in countries with "first world problems" (like very high electricity costs, e.g. ~ US 20c per kWh) you could be profitable and eventually start a small mining business and with minimal investment, get a ROI and make beer money out of thin air.
Having said that, please do your own research and this is not to be construed as investment advice, etc. Be careful, mining is full of potential pitfalls. If you have never mined before, don't do it until you are confident you can plug the machine in, configure it and get it going. Know how to pay yourself, how to exchange between ZCash and BTC if you want to do that, how to restore wallets, cold storage and so on.